Richard Santalesa, CIPP/US


SmartEdgeLaw Group


Richard Santalesa is a founding member of the SmartEdgeLaw Group, a boutique CT law firm focused on techlaw, data security and privacy matters for clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 100.  Recently he was appointed the new head of the Bortstein Legal Group’s Data Security and Privacy practice area, based in New York City. Rich is former co-chair of the IAPP’s Connecticut KnowledgeNet, Chair of the American Bar Association SciTech Section Social Networking Committee and a prolific author and speaker on information security and privacy matters. 

In his free time he’s working on a book he describes as “Aesop’s Fables meets Who Moved My Cheese” centered on privacy and security issues. He can be reached at or      



Contributions by Richard Santalesa